At the forefront of bathtub innovation lays "Soft Bathtubs". Soft bathtubs take the durability and rigidity of commonplace bathtubs, add the streaming jets like that of a whirlpool and add a bit of new technology - the ability to form to the bather's body.
This new, unique feature allows bathers to lay in the bath while the sides of the tub gently mold to you. This soft new technology allows children to play freely without fear of hitting their heads on the side of the bathtub.
This option for a bathroom remodel made its debut on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. If you don't remember, doctors had diagnosed the Burn's Family's youngest son Benjamin with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder which symptoms include brittle bones which break at the slightest application of pressure.
The interior designers installed these bathtubs so the youngest son would be able to move about freely in his bathtub without any worries of breaking bones while bathing.
Common users of this technology also include sufferers of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Pretty much, any sufferers of muscle, nerve, or bone damage that limits mobility can benefit from this new technology.
Soft Tubs also boast a high-density foam insulation core that retains heat better than other materials - even better than cast iron bathtubs.
This same elasticity that protects its users from pain and injury also makes Soft Bathtubs scratch and break resistant, because the softness in the material also acts as a protective layer.
Be sure to talk to your bathroom contractor about Soft Tubs, because this new technology may not be available in all areas. You might have to special order a soft tub, and it can be pricey. But, for sufferers of disorders like Benjamin's, or those who would like that extra bit of comfort in the bath, it might be well worth the price and the wait.
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